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Statewide mask mandate set

Gov. David Ige signed an emergency proclamation Monday to codify and clarify Hawaii’s statewide mask mandate.

“It will be required for everyone in the state of Hawaii to wear a mask when they’re in public, period,” Ige said Monday morning during a Honolulu Star-Advertiser Facebook Live stream.

Noncompliance is a misdemeanor, with penalties of up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000 upon conviction. All the counties have their own misdemeanor mask mandates, but the rules and the exceptions differ from county to county.

Ige said that after a meeting Friday with the state’s four county mayors, it was agreed that “the exact same set of exemptions” will apply in all of the counties, “so that there will be consistent enforcement.”

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